June 1971

Textbook of Disorders and Injuries of the Musculoskeletal System.

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By Robert Bruce Salter, MD, MS, FRCS, FACS. Price, $19.75. Pp 551. With 1,360 illustrations and 813 figures. Williams & Wilkins Co, 428 E Preston St, Baltimore 21202, 1970.

Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(6):1138. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310180154022

This excellent book is subtitled, "An Introduction to Orthopedics, Rheumatology, Metabolic Bone Disease, Rehabilitation and Fractures." Salter proposed to fill the need for a textbook designed specifically for the unsophisticated beginner; he has the medical student in mind. But many house officers and even their teachers will realize that their preparation in the important locomotor and musculoskeletal area was inadequate, once they progress through this volume.

The approach is deceptively simple and never simplistic. The principles of management are always soundly based on anatomic and physiologic considerations. The retionale for therapy is comprehensive. It recognizes at once the important differences in the same structures between children and aged adults. There is as much emphasis on normal variations as there is on morbid states. The author recognizes the importance of the rehabilitation approach, appreciates the significance of psychologic factors, and realizes the interests and expertise of rheumatologists, physiatrists, and others who

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